Let's Get Psyched About Reading: The Game of Lives by James Dashner

The Game of Lives is the final book in The Mortality Doctrine trilogy. I’m here to unpack all of the philosophical themes presented in this book and series.


Philosophy was one of the strangest but most interesting classes I took in college. If you've ever studied the subject I'm sure you understand why. I started reading “The Mortality Doctrine” series in highschool, since the author James Dashner also wrote my favorite book series “The Maze Runner”. And yes, I somehow only now finished this series (having recently graduated college). 

I don’t remember much about the books from highschool, so I was not expecting it to be as philosophical as it was. What is reality? What does it mean to truly be alive and to die? What does it mean to be good or bad? These are only a few of the questions covered in the action-packed trilogy. 

In this episode, I’m unpacking all of the philosophical themes that are presented in the book series. And by that I mean… I at least tried to. Did I do alright?

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